Contributed Articles

Senior Managers Won’t Always Get Along - April 1, 2014

It’s virtually impossible to like everyone you meet. It’s even more unlikely that you will get along with everyone at work. People have different personalities, biases, values, ambitions, and interests, all of which... Read »

Culture Is The Secret Ingredient - March 31, 2014

No matter how far reaching a leader’s vision or how brilliant the company’s strategy may be, neither goal will be realized if not supported by the organization’s culture. Analyzing the team’s successes, Kobe... Read »

5 Steps To Moving Past Boardroom Talk

March 28, 2014

Hope is not a strategy. Boards of Directors will often establish a general plan and simply hope the executive team will know how to implement it to achieve the intended results. Unfortunately, there are a lot of... Read »

Build An Outstanding Team With Flawed People - March 27, 2014

Great people make a great team—as long as you define “great” correctly. That’s a definition many CEOs, and bosses in general, often get wrong. I worked in a manufacturing plant where productivity was everything.... Read »

Pay Higher Wages, Earn More Profit - March 25, 2014

How often do you walk into a retail establishment and interact with a salesperson, stock clerk or cashier? How often do you stop and think about what that person’s life is like? There are about 15 million retail... Read »

When A New CEO Is Calling The Shots Staff - March 24, 2014

When an investor of a young firm brings in an experienced CEO or a CEO team, the firm will face transitional challenges. The first step to facing this change was discussed previously in “When It's Time For A Leadership... Read »

Acing The Investor Presentation - March 21, 2014

Shark Tank venture capitalist Kevin O’Leary recently said, “It's all about the money, all the time.” O’Leary is right. When you are asking for money from an angel, VC, PE or IPO institutional or individual investor... Read »

WhatsApp With Failure? 5 Famous CEO Comebacks - March 20, 2014

Failure is often the greatest feedback entrepreneurs can receive. The tech world just witnessed this reality first-hand, as WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton sold his messaging startup to Facebook for a whopping $16 billion.... Read »

When It’s Time For A Leadership Overhaul - March 20, 2014

Young firms in the first years of profitable growth often find outside investors who will supply the investment capital they need, with the objective of future mergers or change of ownership. When these situations occur the... Read »

5 Ways To Overcome Nerves And Fear - March 18, 2014

You're nervous. Shoot, you're scared. In just a few minutes you will deliver a critical presentation, or pitch a key investor, or lead an emergency meeting, or try to close a sale to an enabling customer. It feels like... Read »

2 Ways To Reduce “Hurry Up And Wait” Syndrome - March 17, 2014

Have you ever been asked to drop everything to complete a seemingly urgent task, and then found that the task wasn’t so urgent after all? Not long ago, one of our clients gave us three days to put together a proposal to... Read »

Does The Car You Drive Matter To Employees? - March 13, 2014

You drive performance. You drive results. You drive your business. But does it matter what kind of car you drive? Not for practical reasons, but for perception reasons? After all, what you drive can make a statement - to... Read »

The Changing Face Of The C-Suite - March 12, 2014

Compared to the executive of a century ago, the executive of today has undergone some major changes. Whereas most of America’s largest corporations used to be run by entrepreneurs like Henry Ford, by the 1950s employees... Read »

5 Keys For Building A Top-Tier Team - March 10, 2014

While most companies were struggling to stay afloat during the 2008 recession, one company somehow remained profitable despite the poor economic climate: BlackRock. Founded 25 years ago, BlackRock has grown to be the... Read »

4 Major Revolutions Happening In The Boardroom - March 7, 2014

The past 10 years have seen a transformation in the way corporate boardrooms interact with executive leadership. New regulations require that the majority of a company’s directors be independent in order to prevent fraud... Read »